Leadership

THE GIVING OF MEDALS TO FIREMEN

Issue 16 and Volume 54.

THE GIVING OF MEDALS TO FIREMEN EDITORIAL Following a custom that has prevailed in New York for many years, members of the Chicago fire department who distinguish themselves by acts of bravery are to receive medals from the Tribune of that city. New York is the only city that awards more than one medal, and only two or three other cities award any at all. The custom was started by James Gordon Bennett, of the New York Herald, in 1869, when he expressed his appreciation for the heroic work done at a fire which threatened to destroy his residence on Washington Heights. The only medals presented by the New York fire department itself is the Valor Medal, which was created in 1910, all other medals being presented by other interests and individual citizens. The Valor Medal is presented only when a fireman performs such acts of heroism as would justify…

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